It seems to me that UK Tories and Australian Liberals are the best of mates....and of course they are both the same party. So no surprises there really. However we have the same threats to our penalty rates as you are having over there and it is not just scary, its WRONG to expect nurses to forfeit penalty rates when nurses pay worldwide always suffers over all other financial cuts. The cost of your NHS and our PHS ( same ) is in the billions each year with not one thing reducing in cost, and yearly rises in everything that is connected to the care of just one patient. So we cost Governments big time with NO financial return to them. Australian nurses are under a massive threat at this time with losing our penalty rates. If I lose my penalty rates I will lose aprox $400 a week and I will lose my house. That is a fact and it will happen as soon as my penalties are stopped. WHY should that happen?? Proves how basic wages are just crap! Anyway we will do whatever we have to do here to keep our penalty rates. If these go, there will be a MASS of resignations from the nursing field here, which will cause chaos. Please read my link and walk with us. We are on opposite sides of the world, but we are going through the same crap with the same government.
Good luck guys :)
ANON:6th Feb @1:47
If I was back in UK I would not be in the RCN
I live in Melbourne, Australia.
We ARE the union and we unite and fight for patient and staff care.
I pay my fees for an amazing nurses union.
I think your unions should have got up off their backsides and earnt the money that you all have been paying them. Its very sad that nurses still seem to have no real union support to get better wages and conditions.
My personal belief is NO INDEMNITY COVER NO MEMBERSHIP!!
Lets face it...what on earth does the RCN do anyway??
I am very fortunate enough to be a member of an awesome union who leads every nurse for FAIR conditions. They would NEVER do this. NEVER.
And to take this essential cover away?
Ask yourselves now...What else will the RCN do for me and for what fees I am paying?
And if its not what you know they should be doing....
I advise you CANCEL your membership.
They should be respecting what nurses put themselves at risk of every shift they work.
Its disgraceful really. :(
Anonymous: 20th Oct 11:07am
As quoted from this write up
"A spokesman for the Department of Health said: “Recruiting from abroad is nothing new. Overseas nurses make a very valuable contribution to NHS patient care. However, they should only ever work in the NHS if they have proven their competence and language skills.”
( Really ?? )
And so now onto the response from my previous post.
I took the comment to which we are both referring to, to be in connection with having the required communication / language skills that other countries do not have.
And as you will know I am English, born and trained, so I do have so much more sympathy for nurses working over there. I am very vocal on saying your unions do very little to support nurses in UK and appear to know very little about unity. I am sure if your unions were true leaders you would not be in the situation you are finding yourselves in now. Many nurses here do not come out unscathed from our battles with government I assure you.
We have been in ongoing battles with Liberal State Government And now we have the Liberals in Federal ...We def have to have a sense of humor to cope with whats in store for us now.
And so at the end of the day , maybe it was you that read it wrong and not me?? :) but I accept we both read it differently.